Attack on Leningrad [Blu-ray]
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Sorvino plays an English journalist covering the war in the Soviet Union. On a routine excursion, her unit is attacked and she is presumed dead. When she is subsequently found by a female member of the Leningrad militia, her death has already been reported and the superior officers don't want to contradict their statements. Taking up residence with the soldier, the two women form a grudging friendship and Sorvino (now under an assumed identity) connects with various neighbors where conveniently language differences do not hamper communication efforts. Of course, two plucky Russian children are in the mix (one is even disabled) to maximize emotional impact. Living conditions continue to deteriorate and circumstances become dire as everyone dreams of escape.Read more ›
In response to some other reviewers: Of course the actors did not look like they were starving. They can only do so much in a movie. Tom Hanks did not look sick enough to have AIDS either in Philadelphia. There are natural limits to what actors can do. Also, a lot was left out of Attack on Leningrad. The siege lasted almost 900 days but the movie only takes place during the first (and worst) part. Again there is only so much that can be portrayed in two hours. You know, unity of time and place, etc.
One thing that no one else mentions is that this is one of the few movies in which all the main characters and heroes are women. I would say of the movies I've seen, this is the finest portrayal of women, their courage and engagement. For this alone I would give it five stars. The very first scene, during the credits, is an amazing portrayal of a woman's courage and domination in combat. She pulls a gun on a hesitant officer and threatens to shoot him if does not lead his men in a charge against the Nazis. They do get out of their trenches and drive back the enemy only to be routed by oncoming tanks. Again, this scene itself was worth five stars. I have never seen anything like that involving women in any other movie ever. There are several other scenes involving the same female character being active, engaged, and heroic. But also feminine at times.
"Leningrad" (2009) is a movie reflecting the incredible suffering of civil population inside the besieged city. At the same time criticizes the Communist Regime and pay homage to heroic Russian people.
The story is about a British reporter accidentally stranded at Leningrad without papers. There she meets a sympathetic militia-woman that risks all to help her survive and try, eventually, to return to Moscow.
Kate shares the daily life of a group of civilians subject to incredible odds: a constantly reducing food ration, freezing cold, no electricity, no phones, no heating, no medical aid, and no nothing!
The film gives a very realistic depiction of how a human reacts under these extreme conditions.
Playacting is really very good, Mira Sorvino as Kate Davis and Olga Sutulova as Nina Svetkova are over-par.
Director Aleksandr Buravsky delivers a poignant film, photography and musical score are very good and reconstruction of Leningrad under siege is outstanding.
It is a great movie for all those interested in war films and general public too!
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
They did finally deal with the alleged canibalism and also the activities of the NKVD, but it did feel a little too revisionist with feigns at the emotional heart tug scenario, which just failed to come off - Schindlers List this most certainly is not. That said one of the reviewers here has said that 'Enemy at the gates' is a betteer film, I beg to differ as it has that talentless clothes horse Jude Law ruining an above adequate plot and is so historically inaccurate that it could have been written by the Polit Bureaus propaganda department. If you want a good real Russian WWII film try 'Star'.
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A very moving film that managed to do everything: show the horror and inhumanity of this German siege, by which they deliberately starved the population, while presenting an... Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. Morton
Saturday night sitting with popcorn in hand I pushed play. I laughed at first then became increasing disgusted. English version voice over is chop suey. Read morePublished 4 months ago by keith
Depressing story -- heroic Russians starve to death, some bad Germans die in battle. Thats it.Published 6 months ago by Colorado Poke
Rather boring and cliched movie. Mira Sorvino is pretty terrible. The battle scenes are good, though.Published 7 months ago by Scrappydog
The actors were very good. However, I couldn't give "Attack On Leningrad" higher marks, because the story, particularly the ending, was very ambiguous. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cheryl Kloda
One problem: poor sound recording. Unable to hear English dialogue. Miss a lot of important information. Read morePublished 8 months ago by R. Stahl